Problems and solutions for refrigerator!

Problems and solutions for refrigerator!

A refrigerator is an electrical appliance that must operate continuously 24 hours a day. A little over time, a little continuous operation, but also the wrong -sometimes- use strain your device. This means that at some point it will need care, either your own or of a qualified technician – ΗΛΕΚΤΡΟΛΟΓΟΙ ΑΘΗΝΑ.

Fortunately, in several refrigerator malfunctions, the solution is very simple and does not require any technical intervention.

So, to make your daily life a little easier, below are the possible malfunctions and their possible causes so that you can be able to deal with them effectively:

The refrigerator suddenly does not have proper cooling. Did it break?

Proper cooling depends, among other things, on the arrangement of the products inside the refrigerator and their distribution on the shelves. Therefore, first, check that the shelves are not too “loaded” and that the food does not rest on the walls of the refrigerator.

The next step is to check if you have adjusted the thermostat correctly. If your refrigerator is equipped with a display, remember that the numbers displayed are for reference only. The ideal temperature is 5 degrees Celsius. If the temperature rises e.g. up to +6 degrees during the winter, we recommend lowering the temperature to 4 degrees. During the summer months, low temperatures should increase, e.g. from +2 points to +5 points.

The compressor operates continuously. What could be wrong?

When the compressor is running continuously, without interruptions, this usually means that the ambient temperature is too high. Do not leave the refrigerator door open for no reason and in summer adjust the temperature a little lower if you open and close it often. Also, there is a case that the door does not close properly, either because the rubber is worn, or because there is an obstacle in closing it.

Check that the air circulation behind the appliance is correct so that the compressor is sufficiently cooled, and clean the condenser with a cloth. Finally, remember that the back of the refrigerator should have a minimum distance from the wall of about 5-10 cm. This is needed to properly induce heat in the environment, not overheat and to perform better.

Why does the refrigerator make a lot of noise?

When you start the refrigerator, the compressor noise maybe a little louder. This does not mean that your device is damaged, nor does it affect its lifespan. Gradually the noise is reduced. Also, the sound like a motor is an indication that the compressor is working properly.

However, in case the noise is significantly louder than usual, it is often due to incorrect installation of the refrigerator. Therefore, make sure that the device is placed on a level and stable surface. Also, it should not rest on the wall, or on other household appliances that maybe next to it.

There is a water leak. What can I do;

First, check if the opening for the defrost water outlet is blocked and, if necessary, clean it with a plastic straw. If you notice water in the vegetable pots, try cleaning the passage with a spiral brush. If there is still water accumulation around the refrigerator, check that the doors close properly.

The doors do not close properly. What’s wrong;

If they have not hung, or there is no obstacle, then the tires are probably worn. Try to identify the type of tire by looking for information on the official website of the manufacturer and then replace them. Remember that the doors must be closed tightly.

There is moisture in the refrigerator. Why;

No need to worry. This can happen if foods with a high moisture content are stored uncovered, or if the door is left open for a long time. Therefore, be sure to store food by placing a lid, or in airtight containers, and letting hot food cool before placing it in the refrigerator.

You can also let frozen foods thaw during storage. So you use the low temperatures of frozen products to cool food in storage.

What can I do to prevent ice from forming in the refrigerator?

When putting on or taking out food, do not leave the appliance door open for a long time. The less time the door opens, the less ice will form inside the refrigerator. If ice has already formed in the refrigerator, try adjusting the thermostat. Leave the doors open to melt the ice and set it to level 1 or 2. If the refrigerator has a display, wait until it reaches a temperature of 6 degrees Celsius in the storage compartment and -16-18 degrees in the freezer.

The freezer works normally, but the maintenance is not refrigerated. Can I do something;

In this case, all you have to do is empty your fridge and defrost. Leave the refrigerator off for 48 hours to make sure that the ice inside the pipes has melted. During defrosting, the refrigerator should be kept with the door open to prevent the accumulation of odours.

How will you know if your refrigerator is in its last days of life?

Food spoils (even before its expiration date)

So imagine having a fridge full of fresh and frozen foods and starting to spoil without even reaching their expiration date. This is definitely not normal and maybe because of a fault that is either being repaired or the refrigerator needs to be replaced. Spoiled foods – obviously are dangerous to our health and cause bad odors in the refrigerator.

Improper maintenance or freezing may mean that either the thermostat is not working properly, or the condenser coils are dust-covered, or the motor is running non-stop while the coils are too hot.

No noise while the LEDs remain on

The hum of the refrigerator is a common phenomenon and does not necessarily mean that there is any damage. However, a completely silent refrigerator means that something is wrong.

A classic case is to see the LEDs lit (both outside and inside) but the refrigerator does not work. This can mean a lot, even if the compressor is damaged. Try setting the thermostat to a lower temperature. If this fails to start the engine, then it is probably severely damaged.

Another quick check is to defrost and leave the refrigerator off for at least 24 hours. If the refrigerator starts to work, there may be a problem with the defrost systems, which is repairable. Otherwise, it is probably time for a new refrigerator.

Accumulation of water around the refrigerator

The accumulation of water around your refrigerator is something unpleasant on many levels. First of all, it makes the floor quite slippery (therefore dangerous), it is a hassle to collect the water now and then, while it may be an indication that the refrigerator has a problem. So when you are faced with such an issue, it can mean that:

  • The door does not fit well when closed – check the seals for wear.
  • The water tank is broken – this is easy to check by removing the tank and pouring water into it to see if there is a leak.
  • There is an excessive accumulation of ice – try to defrost, but if you need to do it regularly, then you may eventually need to replace your refrigerator.
  • The hoses from the collection container may be loose, damaged, or displaced.

Accumulation of ice on the walls of the refrigerator

You want to defrost, and the accumulation of ice in the freezer is a big headache. So imagine how much trouble it is to have an accumulation of ice on the walls of the refrigerator.

Accumulation of ice in maintenance is a bad sign. If now and then you have to scrape the ice off the walls or defrost now and then, it may be best to replace your refrigerator. In addition to inconvenience, ice accumulation means more power consumption and poorly preserved food.

 The freezer is working normally, but the maintenance is “warm”

There are times when the maintenance is warmer than it should be, even though the freezer compartment is working normally although in some refrigerators  the cold air from the freezer is blown into the storage chamber. If the refrigerator maintenance does not work, it may mean that the motor fan is broken and is not doing the job it should.

Replacing such a spare part is quite expensive and if the refrigerator is old enough, the overall benefits of a new one combined with the cost of repairing the damage, make buying a new appliance a much more cost-effective solution.

Annoying noise

Low noise levels in a refrigerator are normal when the compressor is operating normally. The very loud and annoying hum, however, means that something is wrong, and the problem is located in the compressor.

Either the motor shaft is damaged, or the fan or condenser coils are defective. Also, such a repair or replacement of the compressor is quite expensive. Therefore, it is wiser to choose to invest in a new, lower-consumption refrigerator.

Electricity bills are constantly increasing!

If the electricity bills are higher than usual, it may be a sign that household appliances are consuming more power than they should. Your refrigerator is the most likely cause, as it belongs to the home appliances that work non-stop throughout the year.

It is very likely to be a sign that the motor thermostat or compressor is blowing the hoses. Modern refrigerators have better energy efficiency, which means energy savings and therefore reduced bills.

For example, replacing an energy efficiency D device with an A +++ energy efficiency device can reduce consumption by up to 80%. One kilowatt-hour (1 kWh) equals one thousand watts for one hour (1kWh = 1000W / h). As an example, consider that one-kilowatt hour offers about one day of operation of an energy class.

A refrigerator, about 36 hours of light from a 28 Watt saving lamp (efficiency 100 W), and about half an hour of vacuuming 2000 Watt. So, replacing your old refrigerator with a new one, of a higher energy class, is the most advantageous economical option, with the purchase cost being amortized in the long run by the energy savings!